Authorities: 18-Wheeler Crosses Center Line, Kills Pickup Driver

Courtesy: KNOE-TV

Courtesy: KNOE-TV

A Louisiana man lost his life Tuesday after the vehicle he was driving was struck by an 18-wheeler, authorities stated. According to Louisiana State Police, shortly before 4:30 p.m. officers were called to investigate a two-vehicle fatal crash that occurred on U.S. 425 approximately 2 miles north of the city of Wisner. Investigators say that 61-year-old Alex Brown Jr. was driving a 2000 Chevrolet pickup north on US Highway 425 just as a 2006 Freightliner 18-wheeler, driven by 71-year-old David Minor of Natchez, Mississippi was traveling south on US Hwy 425.

For unknown reasons at this time, police stated that the 18-wheeler crossed the median and struck the vehicle Brown was driving. Brown was reportedly wearing his seat belt, but sustained fatal injuries due to the severity of the crash and was pronounced dead on scene by the Franklin Parish Coroner’s Office.

Minor was transported to a local hospital with minor injuries; however, he was cited for careless operation.

Of course, there are still several unanswered questions relating to this case with the main one being: what caused the semi driver to cross the center line to begin with? Was he not paying attention to the road? If not, why not?

Interestingly enough, after releasing details of the case, authorities took the liberty to stress that “distracted and inattentive driving continue to be leading causes of crashes in Louisiana.”

“In 2015, Troop F has investigated 11 fatal crashes resulting in 11 deaths,” stated Sgt. Michael Reichardt with Louisiana State Police.

Distracted driving can include the following:

  • Texting
  • Using a cell phone or smartphone
  • Eating and drinking
  • Talking to passengers
  • Grooming
  • Reading, including maps
  • Using a navigation system
  • Watching a video
  • Adjusting a radio, CD player, or MP3 player

According to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, each day in the United States, more than 9 people are killed and more than 1,153 people are injured in crashes that are reported to involve a distracted driver.

The numbers don’t lie. Distracted driving can have life changing consequences. Just don’t do it. If you have the urge to text, talk on the phone, adjust the radio, etc.—pull over on the side of the road. It could mean the difference between life and death.

Every year, the truck accident attorneys at EJ Leizerman & Associates represent dozens of clients injured by commercial vehicle drivers who were negligent on the road. If you or someone you know have been injured by a commercial truck, call us today to learn how we possibly can help with your case. Consultations are free. You can reach us at 1-800-628-4500.

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